Xiaomi is yet to reveal its total shipments for 2017 but we know the tech company did well in terms of its total revenue. Last year saw Xiaomi releasing a number of new models and one of those was the Mi Max 2 phablet. The Mi Max 2 is about to get a successor in the Mi Max 3 and the photo of the device has appeared in a new leak.
The leaked photo is that of the rear panel and it looks very much like the Max 2 when viewed from the rear. The major difference is that the Mi Max 3 packs a dual rear camera setup which is located at the top left corner. The device also packs a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, perhaps due to the full-screen design expected to reign up front. One wonders how a rear fingerprint sensor can be easily accessed in a phablet-sized device.
Apart from the design, the leak also shed some light on the expected specs of the Xiaomi Mi Max 3. Top of the list is the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 premium midrange chipset. An earlier leak had mentioned the Mi Max 3 as coming with a Snapdragon 835 flagship chip but that isn’t likely the case. The Mi Max 2 came with a Snapdragon 625 chipset. An upgrade to a Snapdragon 660 is adequate to still make it an affordable mid-ranger. The leak also reveals that the Mi Max 3 would run on MIUI 9 out of the box which is expected. In addition, the device will be priced at 1,000 Yuan and we can’t help going ballistic over this one. It is very much unlikely! The Mi Max 3 should come with a price hovering around 1,500 Yuan ($233)/ 1,600 Yuan ($249). Further, the Mi Max 3 would feature a 6.99-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display, along with 3GB / 4GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of native storage, which will probably be expandable. The phone will probably also be equipped with two SIM card slots, while it will likely be fueled by a 5,500mAh non-removable battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.
Th dual camera setup at the rear consists of two 12MP sensors while at the front will be a 5MP selfie camera. One other aspect the Mi Max 3 is expected to be markedly different from its predecessor is the display design. The device is expected to feature thinner bezels just like the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. A set of renders were also released to give an idea of how the Mi Max 3 would look up front. We can’t say if Xiaomi will be adopting such design for the Max 3.In addition, there’s no word yet on the launch date but that may not happen until mid-2018. So, we’ll be on the lookout for more details of the device.